Kinley Wangchuk | Intern

The Information and Communications minister, Karma Donnen Wangdi, inaugurated Road Safety and Transport Authority’s (RSTA) service centre at Babesa, yesterday.

The new service centre would cater to owners and drivers of medium and heavy vehicles, who are unable to visit RSTA office during working hours because of restrictions imposed on medium and heavy vehicles to enter the core town area besides delivering general vehicle and driving license related services.

RSTA officials said with more than 48,098 vehicles registered in Thimphu alone, demand for vehicle-related services has increased proportionally.

Lyonpo Karma Donnen Wangdi said that RSTA office in Lungtenzampa receives more than 250 vehicle-related clients every day, but officials are able to provide services for only 120 clients. “This results in a daily backlog of more than 65 vehicle clients every day.”

Meanwhile, the new service centre located near the STCBL Head Office in Babesa, is expected to complement the online services and enhance service delivery. RSTA’s office in Lungtenzampa will also continue to deliver services as usual.

Edited by Tashi Dema